Tasmanian V2 Xclass Frame (600 grams!) Tasmanian V2 Xclass Frame (600 grams!) Catalyst Machineworks UPDATE 11-13-19: We have sold out of the Octo frame but do have stock of the quad.  We are machining more Octo now. ETA to restock those is 3 weeks. We will be selling this machine in BNF format. Email info@catalystmachineworks.com for details.  Catalyst Machineworks LLC Safety Agreement    This new Xclass frame began with the fundamental design elements that made the Tasmanian V1 a leader in the market for those looking for the best track performance available. The Tasmanian V2 brings that performance to the next level. Weight had been reduced drastically with a bare frame weight of only a tick over 600 grams! Aerodynamics have been improved and a slew of cool new features have been added. If you want the single best performing Xclass rig on the market today, this is it. Simple as that. The Tasmanian V2 is available in two flavors. An Octo frame configuration designed to swing 9" props x 8. Or a more standard Quad frame configuration designed for 4 large Xclass motors spinning 13" props.  An Octo?! But Why?! This is the question we are sure you are asking yourself right now. This multi prop config is actually nothing new. Some frame designers have attempted this design method but never realized the full potential the configuration has to offer. Our design team immediately realized the potential performance advantage and set out to test the theory. So why do this? The reason is simple and is tied to a fundamental physics concept called "moment of inertia". The moment of inertia, otherwise known as the angular mass or rotational inertia, of a rigid body is a quantity that determines the torque needed for a desired angular acceleration about a rotational axis; similar to how mass determines the force needed for a desired acceleration. The equation is written as I = mr^2. The higher the value of "I" the more torque is required to rotate an object. In an Xclass racer our goal is to reduce the moment of inertia as much as possible by either reducing mass on the arm, reducing the distance of that mass from axis of rotation, or a combination of the two. What this translates to from a pilot perspective is a more agile craft which can change direction more rapidly. With a standard quad xclass config we have gigantic heavy motors sitting out on the ends of a very long arm. This results in a huge moment of inertia value for each arm and accounts for the sluggish lumbering maneuverability characteristics of these giant Xclass quads, compared to a 5" quad. The more weight you have out on the end of the arm the slower the quad is to react. In general, the goal with FPV racing frame design is to pack as much mass as close to the center of the craft as possible. On each arm of this Octo we are splitting the motor weight of one giant motor on the end of the arm into two and then moving all that mass inward by a great distance. In addition running smaller 9" props allow for the motors to spool up and down much faster than giant 13" props. This results in a much more responsive and precise piloting experience. Much closer to the feeling of a 5" quad racer.  One thing we want to make very clear is there is still much to learn about spec choice for the Octo. We have only tried one setup and are having great success. However, this doesn't mean the spec we have chosen will be ideal for best performance. The sky is the limit with a whole slew of different motor, prop, ESC, and voltage combos possible. Our goal with the prototype was to generate comparable thrust/weight of a 12s quad setup on 13" props while using only 8s voltage and 9" props. Not only that but we wanted overall cost to be lower than an equivalent 12s setup. The biggest savings are in lipos with a cost per set of less than half the price of 12s packs. We accomplished this with the following spec:  Motor: Brother Hobby 2812 - 690kv ESC: Advanced Power Drives 8s 100a Prop: HQ 9 X 5 X 3 Lipo: 4s 5000mah 45C x 2 (wire in series for 8s)  A thrust to weight comparison was done between our Tasmanian V1 12s 13" prop quad and this new Octo V2. AUW of the V1 quad was 3,968g. Thrust from the RCINPOWER motors spinning 13" Gemfan props was taken as 9,000g per motor. No real static thrust tests seem to exist but we feel this is well over what they are actually producing. We did review thrust tests from similar sized motors running same props. AUW of the V2 octo was 2,872g. Thrust from the Brother Hobby motors spinning 9" HQ props was taken directly from their test results (below).  36,000 / 3968 = 9.07 / 1 (Tasmanian V1 quad thrust/weight) 31,000 / 2872 = 10.79 / 1 (Tasmanan V2 Octo thrust/weight) We are very curious to see how much performance can be gained by using the same motors re-wound for 12s voltage. Higher voltage means less amp draw so a higher RPM motor can be used W/O worry of 'overloading' the system. In addition more power will be on tap. This setup of course will not be cheap but will yield the best performance possible.  Another setup we are excited to try is a super budget build using 6s voltage. Running 6s means the ESC options are much more plentiful and much cheaper. Lipos are very cheap as well. With the right setup very high thrust numbers can be produced.  So what about real world comparisons? How does the exact same frame perform in a 12s quad 13" prop setup compared to a 8s octo 9" prop setup? This is yet to be seen as we are currently building up a quad version of this new frame now.  Which configuration will be faster on top end speed? Stay tuned for the answer...     Specs and Features:  Industry leading track performance Available in quad or octo configuration Lowest weight in class (600g approx) Accepts the DJI FPV System with optional mount (COMING SOON) Industry leading frame rigidity Innovative motor mounting system High spectator visibility  Bottom mount lipo system Easy electronics access hole Provisions for crossfire gear (SOLD SEPARATE) Optional APD ESC mounts (SOLD SEPARATE AND COMING SOON) Xclass frame size: 800mm  Quad Prop size: 13 inch recommended Octo Prop size: 9 inch maximum  Carbon fiber type: Twill Weave 3K Matte Arm material: 20mm tall x 20mm wide x 1mm thick carbon fiber Top plate: 4mm Bottom plate: 4mm Standoff size: M3  Frame type: True X  FPV camera angle range: 0 - 75 degrees Quad motor mounting: M4 screws on 30mm bolt circle Octo motor mounting: M3 screws on 19mm bolt circle  Lipos supported: 6s - 12s   Lipo mounting position: Below the frame Fastener material: High strength steel  Fastener color: Silver   Supported FPV Cameras: Any full sized "HS1177" style FPV camera W/ mounting bracket. Mini or micro cameras will fit but you must use an adapter.  Supported FC: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting  Supported VTX Size: Everything  Supported FPV Antenna: Everything Supported receiver: Everything Suggested ESC: Advanced Power Drives Supported PDB: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting  HD camera mount options: Session or Standard Gopro  HD camera mount angle range: 20 - 50 degrees TASMANIAN V2 ACCESSORIES  TASMANIAN V2 SPARE PARTS (COMING SOON) TASMANIAN V2 BILL OF MATERIAL (COMING SOON)  TASMANIAN V2 FRAME ASSEMBLY VIDEO (COMING SOON)                                               

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UPDATE 11-13-19: We have sold out of the Octo frame but do have stock of the quad.  We are machining more Octo now. ETA to restock those is 3 weeks. We will be selling this machine in BNF format. Email info@catalystmachineworks.com for details. 

Catalyst Machineworks LLC Safety Agreement 

 

This new Xclass frame began with the fundamental design elements that made the Tasmanian V1 a leader in the market for those looking for the best track performance available. The Tasmanian V2 brings that performance to the next level. Weight had been reduced drastically with a bare frame weight of only a tick over 600 grams! Aerodynamics have been improved and a slew of cool new features have been added. If you want the single best performing Xclass rig on the market today, this is it. Simple as that. The Tasmanian V2 is available in two flavors. An Octo frame configuration designed to swing 9" props x 8. Or a more standard Quad frame configuration designed for 4 large Xclass motors spinning 13" props. 

An Octo?! But Why?! This is the question we are sure you are asking yourself right now. This multi prop config is actually nothing new. Some frame designers have attempted this design method but never realized the full potential the configuration has to offer. Our design team immediately realized the potential performance advantage and set out to test the theory. So why do this? The reason is simple and is tied to a fundamental physics concept called "moment of inertia". The moment of inertia, otherwise known as the angular mass or rotational inertia, of a rigid body is a quantity that determines the torque needed for a desired angular acceleration about a rotational axis; similar to how mass determines the force needed for a desired acceleration. The equation is written as I = mr^2. The higher the value of "I" the more torque is required to rotate an object. In an Xclass racer our goal is to reduce the moment of inertia as much as possible by either reducing mass on the arm, reducing the distance of that mass from axis of rotation, or a combination of the two. What this translates to from a pilot perspective is a more agile craft which can change direction more rapidly. With a standard quad xclass config we have gigantic heavy motors sitting out on the ends of a very long arm. This results in a huge moment of inertia value for each arm and accounts for the sluggish lumbering maneuverability characteristics of these giant Xclass quads, compared to a 5" quad. The more weight you have out on the end of the arm the slower the quad is to react. In general, the goal with FPV racing frame design is to pack as much mass as close to the center of the craft as possible. On each arm of this Octo we are splitting the motor weight of one giant motor on the end of the arm into two and then moving all that mass inward by a great distance. In addition running smaller 9" props allow for the motors to spool up and down much faster than giant 13" props. This results in a much more responsive and precise piloting experience. Much closer to the feeling of a 5" quad racer. 

One thing we want to make very clear is there is still much to learn about spec choice for the Octo. We have only tried one setup and are having great success. However, this doesn't mean the spec we have chosen will be ideal for best performance. The sky is the limit with a whole slew of different motor, prop, ESC, and voltage combos possible. Our goal with the prototype was to generate comparable thrust/weight of a 12s quad setup on 13" props while using only 8s voltage and 9" props. Not only that but we wanted overall cost to be lower than an equivalent 12s setup. The biggest savings are in lipos with a cost per set of less than half the price of 12s packs. We accomplished this with the following spec: 

  • Motor: Brother Hobby 2812 - 690kv
  • ESC: Advanced Power Drives 8s 100a
  • Prop: HQ 9 X 5 X 3
  • Lipo: 4s 5000mah 45C x 2 (wire in series for 8s) 

A thrust to weight comparison was done between our Tasmanian V1 12s 13" prop quad and this new Octo V2. AUW of the V1 quad was 3,968g. Thrust from the RCINPOWER motors spinning 13" Gemfan props was taken as 9,000g per motor. No real static thrust tests seem to exist but we feel this is well over what they are actually producing. We did review thrust tests from similar sized motors running same props. AUW of the V2 octo was 2,872g. Thrust from the Brother Hobby motors spinning 9" HQ props was taken directly from their test results (below). 

36,000 / 3968 = 9.07 / 1 (Tasmanian V1 quad thrust/weight)

31,000 / 2872 = 10.79 / 1 (Tasmanan V2 Octo thrust/weight)

We are very curious to see how much performance can be gained by using the same motors re-wound for 12s voltage. Higher voltage means less amp draw so a higher RPM motor can be used W/O worry of 'overloading' the system. In addition more power will be on tap. This setup of course will not be cheap but will yield the best performance possible. 

Another setup we are excited to try is a super budget build using 6s voltage. Running 6s means the ESC options are much more plentiful and much cheaper. Lipos are very cheap as well. With the right setup very high thrust numbers can be produced. 

So what about real world comparisons? How does the exact same frame perform in a 12s quad 13" prop setup compared to a 8s octo 9" prop setup? This is yet to be seen as we are currently building up a quad version of this new frame now.  Which configuration will be faster on top end speed? Stay tuned for the answer...

 

 

Specs and Features: 

  • Industry leading track performance
  • Available in quad or octo configuration
  • Lowest weight in class (600g approx)
  • Accepts the DJI FPV System with optional mount (COMING SOON)
  • Industry leading frame rigidity
  • Innovative motor mounting system
  • High spectator visibility 
  • Bottom mount lipo system
  • Easy electronics access hole
  • Provisions for crossfire gear (SOLD SEPARATE)
  • Optional APD ESC mounts (SOLD SEPARATE AND COMING SOON)
  • Xclass frame size: 800mm 
  • Quad Prop size: 13 inch recommended
  • Octo Prop size: 9 inch maximum 
  • Carbon fiber type: Twill Weave 3K Matte
  • Arm material: 20mm tall x 20mm wide x 1mm thick carbon fiber
  • Top plate: 4mm
  • Bottom plate: 4mm
  • Standoff size: M3 
  • Frame type: True X 
  • FPV camera angle range: 0 - 75 degrees
  • Quad motor mounting: M4 screws on 30mm bolt circle
  • Octo motor mounting: M3 screws on 19mm bolt circle 
  • Lipos supported: 6s - 12s  
  • Lipo mounting position: Below the frame
  • Fastener material: High strength steel 
  • Fastener color: Silver  
  • Supported FPV Cameras: Any full sized "HS1177" style FPV camera W/ mounting bracket. Mini or micro cameras will fit but you must use an adapter. 
  • Supported FC: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting 
  • Supported VTX Size: Everything 
  • Supported FPV Antenna: Everything
  • Supported receiver: Everything
  • Suggested ESC: Advanced Power Drives
  • Supported PDB: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting 
  • HD camera mount options: Session or Standard Gopro 
  • HD camera mount angle range: 20 - 50 degrees

TASMANIAN V2 ACCESSORIES 

TASMANIAN V2 SPARE PARTS (COMING SOON)

TASMANIAN V2 BILL OF MATERIAL (COMING SOON) 

TASMANIAN V2 FRAME ASSEMBLY VIDEO (COMING SOON)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 11-13-19: We have sold out of the Octo frame but do have stock of the quad.  We are machining more Octo now. ETA to restock those is 3 weeks. We will be selling this machine in BNF format. Email info@catalystmachineworks.com for details. 

Catalyst Machineworks LLC Safety Agreement 

 

This new Xclass frame began with the fundamental design elements that made the Tasmanian V1 a leader in the market for those looking for the best track performance available. The Tasmanian V2 brings that performance to the next level. Weight had been reduced drastically with a bare frame weight of only a tick over 600 grams! Aerodynamics have been improved and a slew of cool new features have been added. If you want the single best performing Xclass rig on the market today, this is it. Simple as that. The Tasmanian V2 is available in two flavors. An Octo frame configuration designed to swing 9" props x 8. Or a more standard Quad frame configuration designed for 4 large Xclass motors spinning 13" props. 

An Octo?! But Why?! This is the question we are sure you are asking yourself right now. This multi prop config is actually nothing new. Some frame designers have attempted this design method but never realized the full potential the configuration has to offer. Our design team immediately realized the potential performance advantage and set out to test the theory. So why do this? The reason is simple and is tied to a fundamental physics concept called "moment of inertia". The moment of inertia, otherwise known as the angular mass or rotational inertia, of a rigid body is a quantity that determines the torque needed for a desired angular acceleration about a rotational axis; similar to how mass determines the force needed for a desired acceleration. The equation is written as I = mr^2. The higher the value of "I" the more torque is required to rotate an object. In an Xclass racer our goal is to reduce the moment of inertia as much as possible by either reducing mass on the arm, reducing the distance of that mass from axis of rotation, or a combination of the two. What this translates to from a pilot perspective is a more agile craft which can change direction more rapidly. With a standard quad xclass config we have gigantic heavy motors sitting out on the ends of a very long arm. This results in a huge moment of inertia value for each arm and accounts for the sluggish lumbering maneuverability characteristics of these giant Xclass quads, compared to a 5" quad. The more weight you have out on the end of the arm the slower the quad is to react. In general, the goal with FPV racing frame design is to pack as much mass as close to the center of the craft as possible. On each arm of this Octo we are splitting the motor weight of one giant motor on the end of the arm into two and then moving all that mass inward by a great distance. In addition running smaller 9" props allow for the motors to spool up and down much faster than giant 13" props. This results in a much more responsive and precise piloting experience. Much closer to the feeling of a 5" quad racer. 

One thing we want to make very clear is there is still much to learn about spec choice for the Octo. We have only tried one setup and are having great success. However, this doesn't mean the spec we have chosen will be ideal for best performance. The sky is the limit with a whole slew of different motor, prop, ESC, and voltage combos possible. Our goal with the prototype was to generate comparable thrust/weight of a 12s quad setup on 13" props while using only 8s voltage and 9" props. Not only that but we wanted overall cost to be lower than an equivalent 12s setup. The biggest savings are in lipos with a cost per set of less than half the price of 12s packs. We accomplished this with the following spec: 

  • Motor: Brother Hobby 2812 - 690kv
  • ESC: Advanced Power Drives 8s 100a
  • Prop: HQ 9 X 5 X 3
  • Lipo: 4s 5000mah 45C x 2 (wire in series for 8s) 

A thrust to weight comparison was done between our Tasmanian V1 12s 13" prop quad and this new Octo V2. AUW of the V1 quad was 3,968g. Thrust from the RCINPOWER motors spinning 13" Gemfan props was taken as 9,000g per motor. No real static thrust tests seem to exist but we feel this is well over what they are actually producing. We did review thrust tests from similar sized motors running same props. AUW of the V2 octo was 2,872g. Thrust from the Brother Hobby motors spinning 9" HQ props was taken directly from their test results (below). 

36,000 / 3968 = 9.07 / 1 (Tasmanian V1 quad thrust/weight)

31,000 / 2872 = 10.79 / 1 (Tasmanan V2 Octo thrust/weight)

We are very curious to see how much performance can be gained by using the same motors re-wound for 12s voltage. Higher voltage means less amp draw so a higher RPM motor can be used W/O worry of 'overloading' the system. In addition more power will be on tap. This setup of course will not be cheap but will yield the best performance possible. 

Another setup we are excited to try is a super budget build using 6s voltage. Running 6s means the ESC options are much more plentiful and much cheaper. Lipos are very cheap as well. With the right setup very high thrust numbers can be produced. 

So what about real world comparisons? How does the exact same frame perform in a 12s quad 13" prop setup compared to a 8s octo 9" prop setup? This is yet to be seen as we are currently building up a quad version of this new frame now.  Which configuration will be faster on top end speed? Stay tuned for the answer...

 

 

Specs and Features: 

  • Industry leading track performance
  • Available in quad or octo configuration
  • Lowest weight in class (600g approx)
  • Accepts the DJI FPV System with optional mount (COMING SOON)
  • Industry leading frame rigidity
  • Innovative motor mounting system
  • High spectator visibility 
  • Bottom mount lipo system
  • Easy electronics access hole
  • Provisions for crossfire gear (SOLD SEPARATE)
  • Optional APD ESC mounts (SOLD SEPARATE AND COMING SOON)
  • Xclass frame size: 800mm 
  • Quad Prop size: 13 inch recommended
  • Octo Prop size: 9 inch maximum 
  • Carbon fiber type: Twill Weave 3K Matte
  • Arm material: 20mm tall x 20mm wide x 1mm thick carbon fiber
  • Top plate: 4mm
  • Bottom plate: 4mm
  • Standoff size: M3 
  • Frame type: True X 
  • FPV camera angle range: 0 - 75 degrees
  • Quad motor mounting: M4 screws on 30mm bolt circle
  • Octo motor mounting: M3 screws on 19mm bolt circle 
  • Lipos supported: 6s - 12s  
  • Lipo mounting position: Below the frame
  • Fastener material: High strength steel 
  • Fastener color: Silver  
  • Supported FPV Cameras: Any full sized "HS1177" style FPV camera W/ mounting bracket. Mini or micro cameras will fit but you must use an adapter. 
  • Supported FC: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting 
  • Supported VTX Size: Everything 
  • Supported FPV Antenna: Everything
  • Supported receiver: Everything
  • Suggested ESC: Advanced Power Drives
  • Supported PDB: Standard 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting 
  • HD camera mount options: Session or Standard Gopro 
  • HD camera mount angle range: 20 - 50 degrees

TASMANIAN V2 ACCESSORIES 

TASMANIAN V2 SPARE PARTS (COMING SOON)

TASMANIAN V2 BILL OF MATERIAL (COMING SOON) 

TASMANIAN V2 FRAME ASSEMBLY VIDEO (COMING SOON)